Poverty statistics about black Africans in UK

Did you know? Public research about BME in UK:

  • Ethnic minority groups in UK are expected to double over next decades to between 20 and 30% by 2050 from the current estimate of about 8 million (14% of the UK Population) with Black African adjudged the fastest growing.
  • 30% of Black Africans in UK earn less than the living wage as compared to 15% of the white British. In essence Black Africans have higher possibilities of living below the poverty line in fact over 50% of 7-year old children are living in poverty as compared  to 25% white British.
  • In the UK, those from high income backgrounds are far more likely to have high income as adults.
  • 65 per cent of people believe who you know’ is more important than ‘what you know’, and three quarters of people think family background has a significant influence on life chances in Britain today. As a result those running the country, are from the affluent families!

The above research thus suggest that the current high level of poverty among adults will almost certainly guarantee that the future black African generations in UK (and other BME Communities) will also live below the poverty line unless something is done about the trend.

Not only is a high proportion of the adult population living in poverty, but the social mobility commission also showed that in every single sphere of British influence, the upper echelons of power in 2013 were held overwhelmingly by the privately educated or the affluent middle class and those running the country are the most affluent of the society.

If nothing at all or if nothing concentrated is done by the black African community in UK, the majority of adults in the community will be living below the median British income level, with great implication for life chances now and great consequence for the future of the children born in the community today.

Popular management guru, Peter Drucker once wrote that the ‘best way to predict the future is to create it’. Therefore, there is no better time than now to create the future we want by intensifying the campaign against poverty in our community. We must do this through an established and focused system which harnesses benefits from existing but dispersed platforms around the country, to ensure improved life chances for the Black minority ethnic community in UK.

‘The Purpose of life is to contribute in some way to makings things better’ – Robert F. Kennedy

We will contribute! Will you? Get involved; join the campaign and future generations will be grateful. Like this post, drop your comments and ideas.

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